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Snow and Lakes in Southwestern USA

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January 19th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA and Mexico – January 17th, 2013

Snow covers mountain ranges in southwestern USA, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which border the San Joaquin Valley, in southern California (upper left quadrant). The snow contrasts with the more arid land between ranges and in Mexico (lower half of image). Visible in the snow-free areas are bodies of waters such as the three-pronged Lake Mead (above center), in Arizona and Nevada, Lake Powell, surrounded by snow near the top edge, in Arizona and Utah, and the Salton Sea, in California near the Mexican border and northwest of the Gulf of California.

Fires in Western USA, Southeast of Lake Mead

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November 26th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

USA – November 25th, 2012

Visible in the upper left corner of this image is Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. It is located on the Colorado River, southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona.

Following the green area that extends in a diagonal band southeastward from the lake, one can see two fires burning near the center right edge of the image, in the state of Arizona. The twin fires are both releasing plumes of smoke that blow northeastward.

Changing Water Levels in Lakes Mead and Powell, USA

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November 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA – October 27th, 2012

Visible amidst the dry, rocky terrain of the western USA are lakes, rivers and gorges. By the left edge is the three-pronged Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. However, the lake has not reached this capacity in more than a decade, due to increasing droughts. It is located on the Colorado River, in the states of Nevada and Arizona.

Following the river eastward, one runs through the Grand Canyon (center) to Lake Powell (right), a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. It is the second largest man-made reservoir in maximum water capacity in the United States, behind its neighbor, Lake Mead. Current water levels, however, put Lake Powell ahead of Lake Mead in water volume and surface area.

Wildfires by California-Nevada Border, USA – August 17th, 2012

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August 17th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – August 16th, 2012

Several wildfires burning in wester USA, near the border between the states of California (left) and Nevada (right), release thick plumes of smoke. Some of the most evident are the Reading fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Chips fire in Plumas National Forest, and the Fort Complex fire in Klamath National Forest. All three were ignited by lightning.

The  Chips fires is the largest of the three. It has consumed at least 57 square miles (148 square kilometers) and was 12 percent contained on Tuesday. The Reading fire has consumed at least 37 square miles and was 15 percent contained, whereas the Fort Complex Fire has burned 3 square miles and was 10 percent contained.

Smoke Reaching From California Across Western USA

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August 16th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – August 15th, 2012

Smoke from fires blazing across the western United States of America archs from California (left) to Nevada, Idaho and Utah (right). According to statistics compiled by the National Interagency Fire Center two days ago, a total of 9,400 square miles have burned in the United States. This already exceeds the ten-year average for mid-August, which was 7,750 square miles.